RIES Piano Concerto No. 7, Grand Variations on Rule Britannia, Etc, Volume 3

“…if you enjoy brilliant display pieces whose untroubled function is to dazzle and entertain, then Ries is your man. …the excellent Christopher Hinterhuber has his work cut out and delivers the goods in sparkling, empathetic fashion.” --Gramophone Magazine, September 2009

“it is entertaining rarities like these that make record collecting so much fun...Sparkling performances to match the music, and the recording is first rate.” --Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

The fourteen works for piano and orchestra of Ferdinand Ries stand alongside those of Hummel as among the most important of their kind from the early decades of the 19th century. Intensely lyrical and yet displaying at times a rugged Beethovenian grandeur, Ries’s concertos are works of impressive musical stature.

The three works featured on this recording are all associated with Ries’s English period: the Abschieds-Concert von England, composed to mark his retirement from the London stage; the brilliant Grand Variations on ‘Rule Britannia’, composed at Hastings in 1817, and the enchanting Introduction et Variations Brillantes, Op. 170 which takes as its theme Soldier, soldier, will you marry me?

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